Saturday, 27 December 2008
Special birds: Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeds in the north of the region, in the Baltic States, usually on secluded taiga bog ponds. A few also nest in Poland. Flocks (aka herds) migrate along the Baltic coastline in spring and autumn. Elsewhere it is a winter visitor, as far south as the Balkans, but never in large groups there. It is arguably Europe's most elegant swan being long winged, long necked and often with a noble upright stance when on water.